Monday 30 July 2018

Summer Classic Cup: Riverside Raiders (Widnes) 4 - Kingston City Knights (Hull) 6

The Riverside Raiders had a frustrating time in their last home game of the Summer Classic Cup group stage as they lost 4-6 to the Kingston City Knights at Planet Ice Widnes on Sunday.

The visitors were by far the quickest off the blocks and opened the scoring after just 90 seconds of the game. The Raiders found themselves 0-3 down by the end of the first period and, as it turned out, were unable to make up the deficit, despite playing much better for the remainder of the game.

James Kelly scored the Raiders’ first goal just 66 seconds from the restart but the Knights restored their 3-goal advantage with another strike 3 minutes later.

Two more goals for the Raiders – from Eemeli Vuorihovi after 28 minutes and Laurence Le Vay on 36 narrowed the deficit to just 1 goal but, once again, the Knights found the net at the right moment with a goal in the 38th minute to lead 3-5 heading into the final period.

The Raiders came out really fired up for the final 20 minutes of play and they actually had two goals disallowed which might otherwise have drawn them level. Instead the Knights scored their 6th and final goal on 50 minutes, leaving the Raiders too much to do in the closing stages.

A powerplay goal in the 52nd minute for Stephen Harvey finished off the scoring for the evening but the Knights were able to go back to Hull celebrating a 4-6 victory.

The Raiders play their final group game away to the Kingston City Knights this Sunday 5th August at Hull Arena, face off 12.30pm.


The Mayhem sledge hockey team are in action this Sunday 5th August when they take on the Sheffield Steelkings in the British Para Ice Hockey League at Planet Ice Widnes.

Both teams are chasing points to qualify for the end of season play offs and it should be an entertaining encounter. The game faces off at 4.30pm and admission is free.

Monday 9 July 2018

Elks Trophy Triumph At Inaugural Widnes Rec Tournament

Photo by CJ O'Shea

The Widnes-based Earle Road Elks ice hockey team picked up their first ever piece of silverware after beating the Trafford Thunder in a dramatic final at the inaugural recreational ice hockey tournament held at Planet Ice Widnes over the weekend.

The Elks had finished second in the B Competition qualifying group stage with two wins from their three games, with the only defeat coming against the Thunder who topped the group with three wins from three.

The final was incredibly close with the Elks taking the lead after just 3 minutes and then having to defend against waves of Thunder attacks, picking up several penalties and, at one point, having three players in the penalty box at once.

The Altrincham-based Thunder team finally managed to equalise, setting up a thrilling last few minutes during which the result could easily have gone either way. Then, with the prospect of a penalty shoot-out looming, the Elks broke away and fired in the winning goal with just seconds left on the clock.

The tournament victory represents a huge success for the Widnes rink’s least experienced team which only began playing competitive games earlier this year.

The other Widnes team in the B group, the Halton Huskies, finished 3rd overall with 1 win from their 3 games beating bottom team Coventry Centurions before losing to both the Thunder and Elks.

In a separate competition held at the same time, the Widnes-based Riverside Raiders team had a difficult time, playing with a reduced roster and losing all four of their group games.

The A Competition - which was for more experienced teams - was dominated by the Coventry Snipers, a team made up mainly of Czech and Slovak players who are now living in England, who won all four of their group games, conceding just 1 goal while scoring 28.

The Snipers beat second place Altrincham Jets 6-0 in a slightly one-sided final and the Deeside–based Flintshire Phantoms beat Blackpool Seagulls 4-1 to secure third place.

The next competitive ice hockey game at Planet Ice Widnes is on Sunday 29th July when the Riverside Raiders take on the Kingston City Knights in their final home group game of the Summer Classic Cup competition. Face off is at 4.30pm and admission is free.